Jon Payne

Jon Payne or better known as ‘JP’ is known and loved as a character on the river. Jon grew up in Olympia, Washington and currently resides in Eugene, Oregon. “I learned to fish as soon as I was able to hold a pole. Tying fishing line to a favorite stick was my first rod. Growing up on Puget Sound allowed me to fish whenever I wanted. Prowling streams on the Olympic peninsula was a favorite growing up, as was leaning to row a Drift boat. As I got older, the Drift boat became a tool to get down river and fish out of. After moving to Eugene in 1997 the Drift boat became a toy to play on the McKenzie River.”

After 17 years in the Bar/Tavern business and fishing for fun in all his spare time; Jon finally was finally able to become a guide and dedicate himself to his passion in 1999. Helfrich Guide Jon PayneHe began working for Helfrich River Outfitters in 2006 and he now guides the Middle Fork and Main Salmon, Rogue and McKenzie Rivers. “My first Middle fork trip was in 2002 and I’m excited for many more seasons to come!”

Jon also guides on the John Day, Alsea, Siuslaw, Umpqua, Elk, Sixes, Willamette and Santiam Rivers. In his down time he continues to pursue his ardor for fishing and Drift boats. “I have named all my Drift boats “Miss Kay” in honor of my grandmother, who let me row a boat as soon as I was able. I spent hours and hours rowing my Grandma Kay around Puget Sound. My current Drift boat is named ‘Miss Kay III’.”
Welcome to the best drift boat fly-fishing trips Oregon & Idaho have to offer! Join the Helfrich family for a drift boat fly fishing trip in Oregon or Idaho. Helfrich River Trips ... moreare known as the most deluxe trips offered in the picturesque Pacific Northwest. The vacation of a lifetime, these trips offer a wonderful experience for guests of all ages.

"History" and "tradition" are words that have different meanings to different people. To us, at Helfrich River Outfitters, they are extremely important because they represent much of what we stand for. The Helfrich name has been synonymous with river running since the mid 1920's.

We are committed to excellent service and the safety of our guests. With state-of-the-art equipment, delicious freshly prepared meals, and a friendly experienced professional staff, we are able to provide river experiences that are second to none.

Why Helfrich

When people ask who they entrust their river vacation with, HELFRICH River Outfitters comes up first every time.Not only are we the oldest and most experienced company on the rivers we specialize in, but our safety record has been flawless since the beginning.

In 1925 when Prince Helfrich first started guiding on the McKenzie, he had an edge on other fishing guides because he added value to his trips with extra things like frying the fish his clients caught on the river bank or bringing one of Marjorie Helfrich’s home made pies to share at lunch time. The concept of added value to our trips has continued for 87 years, and is adopted a Helfrich standard.

Now into our fourth generation, our trips continue to improve and evolve.We have and will continue to always make the trips the best that they can be for our clients. The safety and comfort of our clients is our first concern.

The experience of our crew members and their accommodating and friendly attitudes makes our guests know they are in good hands.
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